Bruno blasts to Toronto provisional pole Leads Lola drivers with fast lap in changing conditions Bruno Junqueira nabbed fast lap in provisional qualifying for the 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto on the 10-turn, 1.755-mile Exhibition Place street...
Bruno blasts to Toronto provisional pole
Leads Lola drivers with fast lap in changing conditions
Bruno Junqueira nabbed fast lap in provisional qualifying for the 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto on the 10-turn, 1.755-mile Exhibition Place street circuit, flogging his #1 PacifiCare Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone Champ car to 59.486 seconds (106.210mph) on his 14th of 15 allowed laps. "This was hard to do," Junqueira said after moving one point closer to Tracy (117-110). "We were worried about rain, but I like this situation. There were few chances to make changes, but we got the best from the car."
On a cool Friday with temperatures ranging from 66-71 air, 69-71 degrees on a drying track, Paul Tracy was second in the #3 Team Player's Lola at 59.80 3 seconds (105.647mph). Tracy lost his faster lap with a spin that brought out red flags. "We had a good run going, but after the spin, we were pretty much done with 14 minutes left," Tracy allowed after watching only one driver beat his quick time.
Michel Jourdain Jr. took third in the #9 Gigante Lola at 60.002 seconds (105.296mph). "I'm pretty happy considering the weather," Jourdain shrugged. "The track should be a lot faster tomorrow and the car feels good," using his great Long Beach setup specs. Oriol Servia's fourth-place time of 60.009 seconds (105.284mph) in the #20 Visteon Lola was set in a car that was "good right away. We just need to fine-tune for final qualifying."
Alex Tagliani had his #33 Johnson Controls Lola working well for fifth at 60.221 seconds (104.914mph). "We ran a little conservative as we were concerned with temperature changes." Sixth went to Adrian Fernandez in the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Lola in 60.410 seconds (104.585mph). "The car was okay in the rain," Fernandez said, "and our fast lap was on our first run, but the track was at its best in the end."
Patrick Carpentier's lap of 60.438 seconds (104.537mph) was good for seventh in the #32 Team Player's Lola but he "went out too early and were caught in the pits when the track had more grip." Darren Manning took 8th in the #15 RAC Reynard, followed by Roberto Moreno's #4 Herdez Lola (60.627sec/104.211mph) and Sebastien Bourdais in 10th in the #2 Lilly Lola (60.672sec/104.130mph).
Lola drivers comprised nine of the top ten; the top eight circulated within one second. Similar conditions could shuffle the order in final qualifying Saturday afternoon, which is telecast live on Speed TV, beginning at 1:30PM EDT.